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SHORT STORIES are generally available free of charge. The small charge made for Three Tales For Christmas is due to Amazon pricing policies, though this book is also occasionally available for free (see WyrdStar News for the latest offers). If you enjoy these free offerings and wish to support the work of the author (beyond buying a novel or two, of course), it is really appreciated if you can find time to spread the joy to friends and family or via a quick review at your favourite ebook store. Alternatively, see the Tales For Christmas page to leave a tip via PayPal.

PROZAKVILLE RECORDS is an independent record label set up several years ago to distribute recordings by London-based Halloween-pop, folk-rock cabaret band Danse Macabre. This is very much a home-based cottage industry, using a MacBook, printable CD-ROMs and a lot of trial and error! PROMOTIONAL COPIES of releases are available free of charge to broadcast and club DJs, venues, booking agents and other music industry professionals by contacting WyrdStar.

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ebook CITY OF DECEIT (novel) - Hollow Moon #3
by Steph Bennion

Raja Surya, young heir to the moon of Yuanshi, cannot stay out of trouble for long. Zotz Wak, intrepid boy inventor, decides Earth is the place to become a man. He never expected to be accused of spying. Surya never dreamed he would take the captain's chair of a proper battleship in space. In London, the United Nations is deciding humankind's fate. Taranis, dark priest of destiny, has returned.
(First published 24 June 2016; approx 128,000 words.)

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ebook THE BATTLES OF HASTINGS (novella)
by Steph Bennion

Who really won the Battle of Hastings? Chicago teenager Jane Kennedy embarks on an adventure through multiple realities after fellow time travellers each realise they come from a future with a different past. Is there a rogue on the loose out to change history? A romp through alternate time lines in England 1066 to mark the 950th anniversary of the invasion that shaped Britain and Europe today.
(First published 14 October 2016; approx 16,000 words.)

See also Wyrd Worlds: Battlefield 1066 for titles by other authors.

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ebook Awesome IndiesPAW-PRINTS OF THE GODS (novel) - Hollow Moon #2
by Steph Bennion

On the forbidding planet of Falsafah, archaeologists are on the verge of a discovery that will shake the five systems to the core! Ravana O'Brien finds herself on another wild adventure with a mysterious little orphan, a cake-obsessed secret agent and a god-like watcher who is maybe also a cat. The cyberclone monks are preparing to meet their saviours. But nobody believes in prophecies anymore, do they?
(First published 29 September 2013; approx. 120,000 words.)

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ebook Awesome IndiesHOLLOW MOON (novel) - Hollow Moon #1
by Steph Bennion

A kidnapped prince, a school band competition and an electric cat that eats everything in sight! What is the secret of the hollow moon? Join intrepid young heroine Ravana O'Brien in a fast-paced and witty science-fiction mystery of interstellar intrigue. As the dark priest of destiny returns from the dead, Ravana and friends find themselves on an incredible planet-hopping adventure into the shady world of politics, music and rebellion!
(First published 28 May 2012; approx. 110,000 words.)

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ebook DEMOCRACY: AN EPITAPH (poetry)
by Lallafa Jeltz

"Democracy; oh! It seems she's dying... Her guardians weave the final black shroud."

A short collection of political verse to mark the UK General Election, by up-and-coming London poet Lallafa Jeltz: None Of The Above, Ode To Magna Carta, Civil Disobedience, The Road To Number Ten, Blameless Tiers and Democracy: An Epitaph.
(First published 11 April 2015; approx 1,500 words.)

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ebook WYRD WORLDS II (short stories)
Various Authors

An anthology featuring a bumper 19 short stories from 17 independent authors from around the world, encompassing a wide range of science fiction and fantasy. Here lurks tales of the future, steampunk and time travel; of magical realms and fantastical deeds; and of things so weird they defy categorisation. The original Wyrd Worlds rode upon a new wave of indie collaborations; and now we're back!
(First published 20 September 2014; approx 98,000 words.)

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ebook WYRD WORLDS (short stories)
Various Authors

An anthology of science-fiction and fantasy short stories by indie authors brought together by the social network Goodreads. The collection, which contains 14 stories from 12 writers from around the world, includes a wide range of speculative fiction, from slices of fantasy and time travel to steampunk and science-fiction. The tales vary widely, yet are all born from the same drive to create, share ideas and above all to entertain!
(First published 7 September 2013; approx 90,000 words.)

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ebook THREE TALES FOR CHRISTMAS (short stories)
by Steph Bennion

Three seasonal short stories from the worlds of Hollow Moon!
TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS: Poor, down-trodden slave Ganesa meets dashing space captain Hanuman.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, MISTER WOLF: Christmas at an exclusive ski resort and malfunctioning robot wolves.
IT'S A BLUNDERFUL LIFE: A mysterious woman shows desperate fugitive Fenris the greatest blunders of his life.
(First published 1 December 2012.)

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ebook TO DANCE AMONGST THE STARS (short story)
by Steph Bennion

A seasonal science-fiction fairy tale!
Can the poor, down-trodden kitchen slave Ganesa find a Prince Charming in the shape of young, dashing space captain Hanuman? As they meet for the first time on the dance floor at the American Embassy's Christmas Ball, she is the first to admit he's not exactly her type in this tongue-in-cheek pastiche of Cinderella.
(First published 11 December 2011; approx. 8,000 words.)

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To Dance Amongst The Stars features in Three Tales for Christmas.


ebook MERRY CHRISTMAS, MISTER WOLF (short story)
by Steph Bennion

Christmas at the exclusive ski resort of Kirchel, with its concrete log cabins and artificial snow, was a tedious affair. But the robot security wolves that patrolled the dome at night were rejects from the brutal Gods of Avalon game show. When the power fails, Hestia and her friends would soon wish they had never ventured into the forest in search of park ranger Granny.
(First published 1 December 2012; approx. 8,000 words.)

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Merry Christmas, Mister Wolf features in Three Tales for Christmas.


ebook IT'S A BLUNDERFUL LIFE (short story)
by Steph Bennion

It is Christmas Eve and revolution is afoot on Yuanshi. Pursued by armed agents, Fenris contemplates his fate as he prepares to end it all with a midnight leap from a bridge. Then a mysterious stranger arrives to persuade him that life is worth living, but can a Samaritans hologram really hope to convince him by showing the greatest blunders of his life?
(First published 1 December 2012; approx. 9,000 words.)

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It's A Blunderful Life features in Three Tales for Christmas and the Smashwords edition of Hollow Moon.


ebook A WIZARD, A SWORD AND A KING (short story)
by Steph Bennion

The young orphan Artorius is resigned to spending Christmas on Avalon alone, wandering the snowy streets of Londinium just as a new series of the bloodthirsty holovid show Gods Of Avalon is about to start. But why are the alien-worshipping nuns encamped in the fake Temple of Mithras taking more notice of him than usual?
(First published 15 December 2013; approx. 8,000 words.)

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ebook G.E.N.I.E. AND THE L.A.M.P. (short story)
by Steph Bennion

A young Angelos Inari, petty thief and self-professed laziest man in Epsilon Eridani, is offered more money than he's ever seen to help steal a top-secret corporation interrogation device. Before the night is out, the Local Ambient Megastructure Projector has surrounded him in riches and won him the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, the mysterious Namtar has no intention of letting Inari keep his wonderful new prize...
(First published 21 December 2014; approx. 9,000 words.)

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ebook THE WATCHER AND THE PRIEST (short story)
by Steph Bennion

Priest Taranis is far from home and close to death, his quest to find the mythical world of the greys having ended in disaster. Against the odds, help is at hand, but who is the mysterious stranger wearing his boots? Caught between masters and slaves, sacrifices must be made if the dark priest of destiny is to live to tell his tale...
(First published 20 December 2015; approx. 9,000 words.)

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ebook PSYCHE'S SEVEN (short story)
by Steph Bennion

The notorious prison of Feng Du was no place for Psyche to spend the first fourteen years of her life. When her mother passes away, she escapes to the mainland and finds sanctuary with a group of young miners. Meanwhile, Governor Malingee of Taotie has ambitions to be number one in Epsilon Eridani and nothing will stand in her way...
(First published 18 December 2016; approx. 11,000 words.)

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  DANSE MACABRE

Worcestershire Sauce
(PZVR 003 - Release date 1 May 2010)

1. Worcestershire Sauce (radio mix) (Bennion / Taylor)   3:14
2. You Stole My Heart (So I Stole Your Leg) (Bennion / Taylor)   3:53

Track 1 recorded at Hoopshank's studio, Worcester Park, London, on 20 January 2010. Produced and engineered by Paul Turrell.
Track 2 recorded at Kingsmead Park social club, Allhallows, Kent, on 13 August 2008. Produced and engineered by Linda Harper.

FREE Promotional copy available (contact WyrdStar).
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  DANSE MACABRE

The Golden Age of Ballooning
(PZVR 002, PZVR 002P - Release date 31 October 2008)

1. Waiting by the Phone Box (Bennion / Harper / Taylor)   4:07
2. Sleep (Bennion)   3:03
3. Golden Age of Ballooning (Bennion / Taylor)   3:44
4. I am the One (Bennion / Taylor)   2:03
5. Dance of the Dead (Bennion / Taylor)   3:16

Danse Macabre present five songs of love, life and death... Recorded at Ranscombe Studios, Kent, on 11-12 August 2008. Produced and engineered by Jim Riley, Rory Alderson and Danse Macabre.

Album: $6.99
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CD Baby  - Danse Macabre - The Golden Age of Ballooning
Individual tracks from: iTunes
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  DANSE MACABRE

Dance of the Dead / Sleep
(PZVR 001 - Release date 23 August 2008)

1. Dance of the Dead (Bennion / Taylor)   3:16
2. Sleep (Bennion)   3:03

Taken from the EP 'The Golden Age of Ballooning'. Recorded at Ranscombe Studios, Kent, on 11-12 August 2008. Produced and engineered by Jim Riley, Rory Alderson and Danse Macabre.

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All content (c) Steph Bennion, WyrdStar and Danse Macabre 2007-2017.

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